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When and How to Use This Medicine

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with sipuleucel-T include the following:
 
  • This medication is given as an injection into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, injection) approximately every two weeks, for a total of three doses.
 
  • You will need a procedure to have some white blood cells removed from your blood about three days before each sipuleucel-T injection. Your white blood cells will be used to create your individual sipuleucel-T dose.
 
  • The sipuleucel-T IV injection is given slowly, over about 60 minutes. A slow IV injection is also sometimes called an IV infusion.
 
  • Your healthcare provider may give you medications, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) and diphenhydramine (Benadryl®, Sominex®, and many others), about 30 minutes before your sipuleucel-T dose. These "premedications" help reduce the chance of infusion reactions, such as fever and chills.
 
  • For this drug to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Make sure to keep all of your appointments with your healthcare provider.
 

Storage Information

Sipuleucel-T will be stored by your healthcare provider.
 

Is There a Generic Version?

This medication is not available in generic form (see Generic PROVENGE).
 

Who Makes Sipuleucel-T?

Sipuleucel-T is manufactured by Dendreon Corporation.
 

Available Strengths

Sipuleucel-T is available in one strength: Sipuleucel-T 250 mL suspension made specifically for each individual person.
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